Center for Oceans and Coastal Law: Courses

LAW 624
3 hours, fall
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of admiralty jurisdiction and practice. Specific topics considered include maritime liens, seamen's rights, salvage, and carriage of goods.
Coastal Zone Law
LAW 687
3 hours
The course is an exploration of the legal issues surrounding the use and protection of the lands, waters, and natural resources of the coastline, coastal watersheds, and the near shore marine environment. Topics studied include doctrines defining public and private property rights in the shoreline and submerged lands, coastal wetlands protection, coastal erosion, and public shoreline access.
Law of the Sea Seminar
LAW 697
2 or 3 hours, spring
An examination of the international rules for use of the world's oceans, including commercial and military navigation, overflight, and weapons testing, fishing, exploration for and development of oil and natural gas resources and deep seabed hard minerals, scientific research, and the disposal of wastes. The seminar is organized around a series of problems based on contemporary applications of international law to conflicts between nations concerning rights of navigation, fishing, and national control over ocean space and resources. Consideration is given to the role of international institutions in defining and applying international norms, including the U.N. General Assembly and the International Court of Justice, and the roles of U.S. and Canadian laws and policies in shaping international norms and state practice. Students taking the course for two credits will do two short papers; those taking the course for three credits will do three short papers.
Marine Resources Law
LAW 658
3 hours, fall
Federal and state laws respecting the use and management of the territorial sea, the continental shelf, and the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Topics considered include the history and status of state-federal preemption, state and federal regulation of domestic marine fisheries and aquaculture, marine endangered and protected species, offshore energy development, marine pollution control, oil spill liability, and area-based management approaches such as the national marine sanctuary program. Federal statutes explored include the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Ocean Dumping Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Ocean and Coastal Law Journal
LAW 696
1 or 2 hours, fall 2 hours spring
An opportunity to learn more about this field of law and to strengthen research and writing skills by planning and editing forthcoming issues of the Journal and by writing a Note or Comment for publication. Initial membership open to second- and third-year students who have taken or are co-registered for either Coastal Zone Law (Law 687) or Marine Resources (Law 658); subsequently membership by invitation.